Okay, pages twenty to twenty-four of Issue 12 are thumbnailed and awaiting sketching. I usually don't bother to scan the thumbnails because they're messy and a little hard to decipher. But, I thought in case anyone was curious, I'd give it a go.
This is how the pages start out. Usually there are two thumbnails to a page, with a rough idea of the dialog below. The dialog is finalized once the pages are fully sketched out. It's not the method most use, but it works for me.
The little head shots and extra sketches are just me trying different panel ideas. You never know if something looks right until you try, right?
Pages twenty and twenty-one are going to take a bit of work. I'd like the background on the top of the pages to be of the ballroom in Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately, that means perspective. Eeep! I'd like for the background to break the borders, but I'm not sure if that will print right. Probably best not to try it. The last thing I want is to get a print run that didn't come out right because of something I thought would "look neat".
Sometimes, I can't get the page to flow right on the first pass. That happened here. I want page twenty-two to end with the guards, but jumping straight to them didn't seem quite right. So, I decided to try showing the queens in the background first, then pivoting the view to the guards.
I like ending issues with a splash page for some reason. Probably something I picked up from some of the print comics I've read. I know some other webcomic creators don't approve of splash pages, but it feels right to me. Besides, the idea of ending the issue with a looming, menacing Gavin... I just couldn't resist.
Aside from that ballroom, I'm excited to get to work. (The ballroom intimidates me, I must admit.) Well, on to sketching tomorrow. For now, Matt's home. Later.
"I realize that if I wait until I am no longer afraid to act, write, speak, be, I'll be sending messages on a Ouija board, cryptic complaints from the other side."
-- Audre Lorde